If I had to rank all of the professional football broadcasts that ABC's done in the last six months, I'd say that the Chicago Rush vs. Kansas City Brigade Arena Football game they just had was number one. It was their best effort. Beyond that, every broadcast involving Tony Kornheiser is tied for last.
Yes, this weekend marked the return of short attention span football, and kicked off ESPN's partnership with the Arena League. I spent some time checking in with the Rush vs. Brigade game during timeouts in Creighton/Southern Illinois, and I'm happy to say that Ron Jaworski is wholeheartedly embracing his role as Arena analyst.
He was in the booth with Merril Hoge, breaking down plays and babbling like he just pounded two cases of Red Bull. He's either wholly captivated by the 50-yard indoor war, or he's just thrilled to be able to talk about football while he's not sitting next to Mike Ditka, or on that one show that usually airs at around 4:00 a.m.
Anyway, the Brigade did pull the huuuuuge upset over the defending champion Chicago Rush in one of ABC's games today. There's so much parity in the Arena League. That's what makes it great.
In the other ABC game, the Dallas Desperados embarrassed the New York Dragons, 60-7. Seven points is a little embarrassing, sure, but at least the Dragons got young third-stringer Rohan Davey some time under center. I knew that guy had a bright future.